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Bend concert revisits Bach's suites with PBO

  • Apr 26, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2751" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Monica Huggett"][/caption]Music enthusiasts in Bend will hear some of Bach’s most time-honored instrumental music in a new way when the Portland Baroque Orchestra presents “Bach’s Suites Rediscovered” at the Tower Theatre Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30 pm. The Oregon Bach Festival presents the concert with sponsorship from Bend Broadband. Bach based his four orchestral suites on popular French dance rhythms of his time. While the suites have been widely performed for more than 250 years, it wasn’t until recently that researchers found convincing evidence that Bach likely used different instruments than what has popularly been practiced. Portland Baroque’s...

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Lecture Reveals Social Role of Bach's Wife

  • Apr 1, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2753" align="alignright" width="170" caption="David Yearsley, Cornell University"][/caption]Make a date with Anna Magdalena Bach when the University of Oregon’s annual German Studies Committee Lecture answers the question “What is a Sängerin? Anna Magdalena Bach, Coffee, and Musical Women in Enlightened Leipzig.” Guest speaker David Yearsley of Cornell University addresses the topic Thursday, April 8 at 4 pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. A native of Seattle, Mr. Yearsley teaches European music culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with particular emphasis on the music of Bach and Handel. A previous guest lecturer in the German Studies series, he is also an...

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Rich variety in major concerts

  • Mar 20, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2755" align="alignright" width="181" caption="Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang perform in Beall Concert Hall June 29 and July 2, and in the Anniversary Gala concert July 3."][/caption]Singers Thomas Quasthoff and Bobby McFerrin, masterworks by Verdi and Mendelssohn, in-depth exploration of the B Minor Mass, a celebration of Leonard Bernstein, big-name pops concerts and a star-studded gala are among the headline events for the Oregon Bach Festival’s 40th anniversary season, June 25-July 11 in Eugene, Bend, and Portland. The major stars and events will include: Helmuth Rilling, founding artistic director, leading opening weekend performances of Verdi’s Requiem and final concerts of Mendelssohn’s...

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Shanghai Quartet Shares Brilliance at Beall

  • Feb 25, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2757" align="alignright" width="205" caption="Shanghai Quartet"][/caption]On Sunday, March 21 at 3pm the ChamberMusic@Beall series will conclude with a performace by the Shanghai String Quartet. Showcasing the ensemble's range, this program includes one of Haydn's celebrated “Sun” quartets; Debussy's intricate, fanciful, and imaginative quartet; and Penderecki's “Leaves,” premiered by the quartet in Warsaw for the Polish composer's 75th birthday. Originally formed in Shanghai, this versatile ensemble is known for their passionate musicality, virtuosic technique, and multicultural innovations proven over 25 years of concerts and two-dozen recordings. As resident ensemble of the 2008 Oregon Bach Festival, the Shanghai earned new fans through its bravura performances,...

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Conducting class deadline March 1

  • Feb 18, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2759" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling, master teacher"][/caption]The March 1 deadline for auditions to the Oregon Bach Festival Master Class for Conducting is approaching fast, but there is still time for interested conductors to gather material and send it in for consideration. Whether this is the first time you have heard about the class or you have been dreaming about it for years, this is the time to give it a try. The twelve conductors selected will help prepare the concerts of the Discovery Series under the guidance of Artistic Director and Master Educator Helmuth Rilling along with the OBF Chorus,...

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Tickets now on sale

  • Jan 21, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2765" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Pianist/conductor Jeff Kahane appears in five main events."][/caption]Helmuth, Bobby, Tommy, Jeff, Jamie and Pink Martini are coming to town June 25, but you can get your tickets now via online and print order forms. Now thru March 12 is the priority order period for members of the Friends of the Festival who contribute at the $100 level or higher, and who are current as of August 1, 2009. Anyone can submit an order for Eugene concerts. However current Friends get priority seating through March 12. At that date, all other orders will be processed according to date received. Tickets...

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OBF announces new workshop for choral teachers

  • Jan 21, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2763" align="alignright" width="161" caption="Workshop participants will observe SFYCA rehearsals first hand."][/caption]In the OBF's new Choral Teachers Workshop, high school choral teachers will have the opportunity to work first hand with national choral leaders and guest artists like Bobby McFerrin. Under the guidance of workshop director Sharon Paul, teachers will participate actively in seminars and attend concerts. They will also observe rehearsals of the 80-plus high school singers of the SFYCA — some of the best in the nation — directed by acclaimed conductors Anton Armstrong and Helmuth Rilling. The workshop aims to help teachers: Develop more effective rehearsal techniques Study scores...